Thursday, October 17, 2013
Canada Week Part III: Lot 40 Canadian Rye
For my final Canadian Whisky of the week, I thought I'd sample Lot 40. Lot 40 was a popular Canadian Whisky about a decade ago but was abruptly discontinued. The whisky was rereleased in fall 2012 in Canada, and it was sent to the US shortly thereafter, but I've only recently started seeing it in California. According to Canadian Whisky blogger Davin de Kergommeaux, Lot 40 is produced by a bottler, Corby Distilleries, from whisky distilled at the Hiram Walker Distillery. The mashbill is 90% rye and 10% malted rye and it is distilled in a pot still. For the full story, as with any Canadian Whisky, check out Davin's CanadianWhisky.org (and buy his book too!).
Lot 40 Canadian Rye, 2012 Release, 43% abv ($60)
The nose on this has a strong rye, very reminiscent of the herbaceous rye notes on Whistlepig and the other Canadian straight ryes. Then some cocoa notes emerge. The palate is both drier and less aggressive on the rye than I expected with some brandy notes, cherries, chocolate and a more muted rye than the nose. The finish is the first time you get more traditional Canadian Whisky notes with some honey joining the rye spice.
This is a very nice whisky. It has the nice, spicy rye notes of the Canadian straight ryes but with more complexity. I've been skeptical of recent talk about a Canadian Whisky revival, at least based on we've seen in the US, but this whisky gives me hope that we will start to see some real gems coming out of Canada.